Buttonology Blog

Behind the scenes at our 2019 catalog shoot!


Wanting our 22nd annual color catalog to be our most beautiful yet, we chose our town’s newly and sumptuously restored St. Francisville Inn as our location. Built in 1878 in... Read More ⇒

Antique Moon & Star Buttons


The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon inspired us to gather the many 19th century buttons and buckles we had with images of the moon. We... Read More ⇒

Victorian Dragon Buttons


Mythical and mystical, dragons have been the subject of human legend in almost all cultures, from ancient Babylon and Greece to early Norse mythology. Today, dragons are once again front... Read More ⇒

Perfume Button Romance


As we enter the season of romance, we are highlighting the ever so romantic perfume button. Made with a bit of colored velvet fabric topped with a pierced, ornate brass... Read More ⇒

Indulge Your Inner Flapper


Indulge Your Inner Flapper: 1920s Art Deco Glass We are always excited and amazed when we discover a cache of genuine 1920s Art Deco glass jewels in our searches! As... Read More ⇒

“Buttons Always Make the Outfit”


“Buttons always make the outfit” – Miriam Garrett Miriam Garrett kept her buttons in this 1920s cigar tin, seen here in our Button Museum with Miriam’s college yearbook photo. Mother’s... Read More ⇒

The Hunt for Vintage Glass!


The thrill of the hunt—finding that long-hidden cache of beautiful vintage glass stones or Victorian brass buttons—remains one of our greatest inspirations and pleasures at Grandmother’s Buttons! This winter Anna, Kristy... Read More ⇒

Button of the Month – Cut Steel


We begin our series of blogs on types of antique buttons with our absolute favorite: cut steel, which we affectionately refer to as “button bling.” Originating in Elizabethan times, cut... Read More ⇒

Meet the Temples


A piece of Grandmother’s Buttons jewelry is more than a trend, it’s a story. The story of a long-ago gowns, fastened with dozens of glittering buttons. The story of mothers... Read More ⇒

Jablonec Part Two


The next day we set out early for a 9 am appointment with the button factory, but ended up being hopelessly lost with Apple and Google maps giving us divergent... Read More ⇒

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